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Research Guide: MACC 6160-Financial Statement Analysis

Scope: This guide is a selected list of resources that will be useful for locating international accounting information. These resources include print materials available in the Stewart Library, and electronic resources, some of which may be available only to WSU students, faculty, and staff.

Table of Contents


Company Financial and Background Information

  • Mergent Online
    • Provides financial profiles of international and U.S. publicly traded companies
    • Financial information includes balance sheets, income statements, earnings, and ratios
    • Historical information is available up to 15 years
    • Separate tab available for competitor comparison
    • Financial information available in any currency
    • Information may be downloaded into an Excel Spreadsheet
    • Separate tab available for Edgar/SEC Information
  • Business Source Premier (Company Profile Tab)
    In addition to be a full text article database, a link for company profiles is available. The information provided by Datamonitor includes:
    • Company Overview
    • Business Description & History
    • Revenue & SWOT analysis
    • Top Competitors
  • Lexis/Nexis
    Clicking on the Business tab you can search for public and private company information. The information includes:
    • Company Overview
    • Financial information up to three years and beyond
    • Downloadable information into an Excel Spreadsheet
    • News about the company
    • Legal Information
  • Morningstar
    Provides stock and revenue analysis from Morningstar analysts. Information includes:
    • Current and archived Morningstar analyst reports
    • Stock valuation & risk ratings
    • Valuation & Key Ratios
    • Financial Statements
    • SEC Filings
  • Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage
    Provides stock valuation on companies from 98 industries. Information includes:
    • S&P rankings and analysis
    • Financial statements covering earnings, income, and revenue
    • Competitor information
    • Industry information
  • Valueline Research Center
    Provides stock and analysis of publicly listed companies. Information includes:
    • Financial information covering cash flow, revenue, earnings
    • Information for both companies and industries
  • Yahoo Finance
    • Provides stock value information on companies on U.S. publicly traded companies
    • Financial information on companies include: income, balance sheet, cash flows, and quarterly income and earnings comparisons
    • Also includes profitability, growth rates, and efficiency ratios
    • Most of the major companies have a detailed analysis report provided by Morningstar analysts
    • A stock screening feature is available for selecting specific stocks

Industry Information & Benchmarks

  • eStatement Studies (Annual Statement Studies)
    Provides financial composites and benchmarks for more than 700 industries based on the North American Industry Classification System. Information includes:
    • Detailed information on industries assets and liabilities
    • Detailed ratio and income information
    • Specific industry numbers on a region basis
    • Information may be downloaded into Excel Spreadsheet for client comparison
  • Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage
    Provides stock valuation on companies from 98 industries. Information includes:
    • S&P rankings and analysis
    • Financial statements covering earnings, income, and revenue
    • Competitor information
    • Industry information
  • Valueline Research Center
    Provides stock and analysis of publicly listed companies. Information includes:
    • Financial information covering cash flow, revenue, earnings
    • Information for both companies and industries

Article Databases

Try the following databases to locate articles on accounting topics:

  • ABI/Inform - Divided into three databases:
    • ABI/Inform Global
      Nearly 1800 full text business periodicals with in-depth coverage of business and economic conditions, practice of business, advertising, marketing, economics, human resources, finance, taxation, accounting, and more.
     
    • ABI/Inform Dateline
      Provides full text articles on hard to find local and regional business news. This includes news about small businesses, start-ups, and privately held companies.
     
    • ABI/Inform Trade and industry
      Search more than 750 business periodicals and newsletters with a trade or industry focus. Provides users with the latest industry news, product and competitive information, marketing trends, and a wide variety of other topics. Fulltext.

      Click on Databases Selected link to search all three at once.  Also, see detailed tips on how to find articles on accounting topics that focus on a particular country in the 'Research Assistance' section below. 
  • Business Source Premier
    Similar to the ABI databases, Business Source Premier allows you to search for full text articles covering, a wide variety of business topics including marketing, accounting, finance, taxation and more. ranging in business you to focus on articles that focus on a specific geographic location.
    • Enhanced Business Searching Interface
  • Provides enhanced searching and browsing capabilities for Companies Profiles, Country Reports, Industry Profiles, and Market Research. Searching may be by keyword, author, company, publication, industry, and subject.

    Enhanced Business Searching Interface may be accessed by clicking on the link above or from within Business Source Premier by:

    • Click on Choose Databases from the main page
    • At the bottom of the database description, there is a link for Enhanced Searching Interface.
    • Click on the link and the home page for enhanced searching appears.

This database provides full text access to over 300 U.S. and International newspapers. The newspapers include: The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Salt Lake Tribune, and more.

  • Lexis/Nexis
    To access accounting journals and literature in Lexis, select 'Business' from the main menu, then 'Accounting'. Includes AICPA publications, GAAP guides, Miller European Guide, and others. 

Helpful Print Resources

  • Annual Statement Studies: Financial Ratio Benchmarks from Risk Management Association (RMA) Reference Table 6 HF5681.B2.R58
    • This is the same as the online eStatement Studies
    • Available in the reference areas of the Ogden and Davis campuses

     

  • Industry Norms & Key Business Ratios: Statistics on over 800 Lines of Business from Dun and Bradstreet (D&B)
    • Provides statement analysis of over 800 types of businesses
    • Statements are arranged by the Standard Industrial Code (SIC)
    • Some of the business types include: Agricultural services, Poultry products, Plastic foams, and more
    • Available in the reference areas of the Ogden and Davis campuses
  • Financial Statement Analysis: A Practitioner's Guide  HF5681.B2F772 2002
  • The Analysis and Use of Financial Statements HF5681.B2W4678 1998
    A good reference on how to use and interpret the footnotes. (It is a good idea when analyzing financial statements to check the "footnotes" for explanations on how various numbers were contrived.)
  • Financial Statement analysis: An International Perspective   HF5681. B2W35 2000
  • The Manager's Guide to Financial Statement Analysis  HF5681.B2J23 2001
  • Interpreting European Financial Statements   HF5681.B2N57 1994
  • Financial Statement Analysis HF5681.B2B46 2001
  • How to use Financial Statements: A Guide to the Numbers HF5681.B2B285 1994
    A good source for novice investors or accountants to understand the balance sheet.
  • The Handbook of Financial Mathematics  HF5691.C29
  • The Handbook of Financial Instruments  HF5681.F84H35
  • Essentials of Financial Analysis  HG4028.B2F75
  • Financial Statement Analysis: A Practitioner's Guide  HF5681.B2F772
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis: Using Financial Accounting Information  HF5681.B2G49
  • Accounting for Business: What the Numbers mean and how to use them  HF5635.S218

 

Research Assistance

If you can't find what you are looking for or you have further questions...

  • Come to the Reference Desk located on the middle level at the north end of the library
  • Call the Reference Desk at (801) 626-6415 or Toll free (877) 306-3140
  • Click on Live Assistant from the Library Home Page during library hours
  • Email the Reference Desk at refdesk@weber.edu

Or contact the Business & Economics Librarian

 

Updated March 10, 2009 . Please send comments to Ed Hahn
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